We're not focussing much on the old school scene but this a cool interview with a flatland pioneer from the early days. Martin Aparijo was one of the first freestyle riders who specialized in flatland. We had to do a little research on 23mag.com and he is actually the inventor of the Cherrypicker and other old school tricks. This is the first episode of a series of BMX History videos by Juca Favela. Follow him on vimeo to stay up to date.
We The People designed and released a freecoaster. It's called the Helix and WTP says: "The long awaited Helix Free coaster. We took the tried and tested features from the best free coasters to date and then developed our very own patented clutch retention system, making this thing the most durable and reliable free coaster of it's kind. Paired up with our new free coaster hub guards, the Helix hub will take you backwards in style and hold up to any peg abuse that comes its way."
With a weight of 641 g or 1.41 lbs it's a bit heavier than for example a KHE flatland freecoaster. It comes with a 9T driver, 14mm axle and is made of 6061-T6 alloy. Check the promo video with street rider Ed Zunda to see it in action.
Hanawa Shimpei is working on a new video project: "7 years have passed since we released the dvd "the Discovery". Now, we're ready to release the second edition of it "the Discovery Vol.02". New rider, new tricks etc... "the Discovery" features the Kansai region in Japan."
The trailer looks sick and we're really looking forward to the full video!
Featured riders: Hiroki "Tangmeng" Iwata, Shinichi "Russis" Kiba, Tomokazu "Mo-rich" Morinaga, Masashi Itani, Jun Katayama, Shunsuke Komatsu, Shimpei Hanawa, Yoshiyuki Sawai, Shinya "Günter" Matura, Tomohiro Kiyoku, Morishii, Takahiro "Kyoro" Higaki and Hidenori "Soncho" Ishizaki
Here's a sick li'l edit I'm very happy to share! Naoto met up with James Smith in London for this incredible video shot with a GoPro. Someone give James an award for best GoPro flatland footage already! The star of this is obviously Naoto though, who absolutely KILLS it here. Incredible riding throughout - click play on this one!
No BMX Cologne? No problem! Mike S and Frank Lukas got big plans in June! 'A positive note: Frank Lukas and I will organize a Flatland contest at an event called "Ruhr Games" There will be €3000,- in prize money with the following judges: Viki Gómez, Dominik Nekolny and Benny Grossjohann. The OSB riding area will be 10mx15m. Please check the link, register or contact us for further information.'
We like the idea that 2 of the best contest riders out there will be judging and 2 very experiences riders are organizing the flatland event. Sounds good! Be there!
To register/apply for the event you need to submit a video: 'Riders can apply by video. The video should show the applicant taking part in BMX Flatland / BMX Spineramp / MTB Slopestyle. The applicant must be clearly identifiable in the video while taking part in BMX Flatland / BMX Spineramp / MTB Slopestyle. The video can be a maximum of 60 seconds in length and should show the applicant's best moves, preferably in a run. The evaluation criteria are: talent, performance and style. A panel of experts will rate the applicant's suitability for the Ruhr Games.'
Schedule: The qualifications will be on Friday (June 5) and the finals on Saturday (June 6). On Thursday there are fun contests and practice.